Healing The Family by Enabling Recovery

Imagine waking suddenly on the deck of a ship in the middle of a storm. You’re far out to sea, there isn’t any land as far as you can see. You’re not alone on this ship—your whole family is there with you—but how did you get here? The last thing you can remember is being Read more about Healing The Family by Enabling Recovery[…]

Dying for a Road Trip: How Drugged Driving Hurts Us All

23 year old Colorado resident Tanya Guevara just wanted to get home safe and sound with her son on that day in 2010. But that would never happen, thanks to 22 year old drug user Steven Ryan, who took the pair’s lives in a marijuana-related auto crash. The court later sentenced Ryan to 10 years Read more about Dying for a Road Trip: How Drugged Driving Hurts Us All[…]

Getting Your Life Back on Track While in Recovery: Tips for Making 2018 Your Best Year

So you’re in recovery and you blew it. It happens to the best of us. The good thing is that you can recover. Here are some tips for getting yourself back on track. First of all, acknowledge that you’re not perfect and then forgive yourself for messing up. Recovery is a process, with many stops Read more about Getting Your Life Back on Track While in Recovery: Tips for Making 2018 Your Best Year[…]

Chewing Coca Leaves – A Reservation for Relapse

I’m back from my trip to Peru. I was excited about going on this trip as it was going to be the first trip I’ve taken with a group. I usually travel alone, but this time I wanted to try something different. Prior to my trip I talked to several people about going to Peru Read more about Chewing Coca Leaves – A Reservation for Relapse[…]

Who Is Michael Herbert?

Michael Herbert has been in recovery for over 28 years, and believes that anyone seeking recovery can get it.  With recovery we can change the lives of others.  Michael works as an addiction counselor and has worked in the field of addiction for almost 3 decades. His education began at the Conifer Park Training Institute, with a thirteen-month Read more about Who Is Michael Herbert?[…]

What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 3)

Support. Asking for support from my family and friends is very hard for me, because I worry about what people think about me. Asking for support is an act of acceptance, and it forces me to admit that I need the help. It’s critical to my #recovery and has made my life so much more Read more about What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 3)[…]

What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 2)

Hi Michael…..I’m pleased to share how proud I feel when I see my son pursuing his career path, thinking clearly, concerned about his physical fitness, and once again being the thoughtful, caring, and loving person I knew him to be when he was a youngster. Because we came so close to what could have happened, Read more about What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 2)[…]

What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 1)

This past year has been extremely challenging with the added responsibilities that come with being a new father and husband. Over the course of the year, my reliance upon my higher power has grown stronger than ever before and I learned how important it was for me to maintain my spiritual condition. Maintaining my spiritual Read more about What Went Well In My Recovery (Part 1)[…]

Faith Moves Mountains

As a fifty-seven year old male who at times thinks he is thirty, recently realized I’ve been here for a half century. This is in part because I don’t get to see the fullness of me, the whole physical picture that others see. Of course I get glimpses in the mirror, but never the full Read more about Faith Moves Mountains[…]

The Holidays Are Here

During the holiday season many families get together for dinner and reunions.  For some the holidays are a joyful time, for others it can be too traumatic to endure. The mixture of personalities can and often does bring about a mixture of behaviors. Old memories of events brought to light can make for great conversation. Then Read more about The Holidays Are Here[…]

What About Smoking?

You are reminded in some self help groups that Alcohol is a drug. Seventy percent of addicts and eighty five percent of alcoholics smoke. Wow, talk about addiction.  Treatment programs talk about a holistic approach. They use a medical model, but they allow smoking. One of the excuses is “lets take care of one thing at a time”. Really? Read more about What About Smoking?[…]

From Crisis To Calm

My son began smoking pot in middle school when he was fourteen.  His grades started declining and he became lethargic and had no interest in anything.  He got caught smoking pot in the tenth grade and was expelled. His father and myself decided to send him to a prep school.  His situation got worse as he Read more about From Crisis To Calm[…]

Another Look at Structured Family Recovery™

To start let’s talk about treatment and what treatment offers. Treatment offers stabilization for the addict and alcoholic in the acute phase of their recovery. Most addicts and alcoholics can stay clean and sober while in treatment. There are some exceptions, but for the most part it’s doable. Treatment programs seem to know the value of family Read more about Another Look at Structured Family Recovery™[…]

Keep It Simple Series Part 2: What Do Families Need to Understand About Recovery?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about addiction and how families can help. Stigma and denial play an important role in blocking the recovery process. “I still have a job”, “I’m too young”, and “I’m not that bad”. Somehow the idea of being a “functional addict or alcoholic” validates the continued use.  Family members buy into these misconceptions. If the Read more about Keep It Simple Series Part 2: What Do Families Need to Understand About Recovery?[…]

Is There A Stigma Surrounding Addiction?

Stigma around addiction remains. Society still looks down upon addicts. There are those who see addicts as the bottom of the barrel, weak willed and choosing to ruin their lives. The stigma prevents some from getting help. Others do see them selves as, inferior, worthless and hopeless.  Addicts and alcoholics are not bad people. Their behavior can be bizarre, Read more about Is There A Stigma Surrounding Addiction?[…]

Barreras Culturales Que Los Hispanos Enfrentan En El Proceso de Recuperación de su Adicción

Pedir ayuda es difícil en cualquier lenguaje y en cualquier cultura. ¿Cómo sabemos cuándo necesitamos ayuda? ¿Qué tipo de ayuda necesitamos y cómo la vamos a pagar? ¿Qué van a pensar y a decir nuestras familias y amigos si pedimos ayuda? ¿Cómo vamos a ser vistos en nuestras comunidades y grupos sociales si se dan Read more about Barreras Culturales Que Los Hispanos Enfrentan En El Proceso de Recuperación de su Adicción[…]

Cultural Barriers for Recovery from a Hispanic Perspective

Asking for help is difficult in any language and any culture. How do we know when we need help? Who to ask for it and how to pay for it? What are our family and friends going to say if we ask for help? How are they going to feel about it? What are people Read more about Cultural Barriers for Recovery from a Hispanic Perspective[…]

What is Structured Family Recovery™?

To start let’s talk about treatment and what treatment offers. Treatment offers stabilization for the addict and alcoholic in the acute phase of addiction. Most addicts and alcoholics can stay clean and sober during a detox or inpatient treatment, there are some exceptions. Addiction is  that “thing” takes over and even in the best conditions Read more about What is Structured Family Recovery™?[…]